Jan 3, 2012
Winter Break Either Blessing Or Curse

The Daily Times, Ethan Rothstein

http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120103/DW03/201030324/Winter-break-either-blessing-or-a-curse?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Delaware%20Wave|s

GEORGETOWN, Del. — If it were up to Chester Davis, head coach of the Sussex Technical High School girls basketball team, the only days the Lady Ravens would cancel practice over winter break would be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

But due to scheduling conflicts with the gym at the high school, the Lady Ravens (2-3) went a week without practicing, before which Davis said he wasn’t worried about how the layoff would affect his team.

After their first practice back, he changed his tune.

“If I wasn’t (worried), I am now after practice last night, he said. I’m the type of person who would have practiced every day. We’ve got so far to go that every available time we can get is important.”

The boys basketball teams in Delaware played at least two games in the Governor’s Challenge last week, but still had a week between games to rest, and, in Sussex Central’s case, refocus to try to win a game.

The Golden Knights went to the Wicomico Civic Center 0-4, having lost every game by double-digit points under new head coach Wes Townsend. Townsend gave his players Christmas with another day off mixed in, but otherwise practiced every day.

“You can easily be behind if you sit around for a week and don’t have any games, he said. I believe in letting the legs rest a little bit. It’s easy to get burnt out if you come in every day and work hard with no games.

“But right now, we’re behind the eight-ball because the kids have got a new coach, a new system, and I’ve got to get to know some of their weak points and strong points so the kids can get it together.”

It worked out for the Knights, who won their first game of the season against Stephen Decatur, but the dilemma Townsend discussed is a tricky one for every coach.

It’s a fine line each must walk if they decide to practice throughout. Is it worth it to risk exhausting their players to strive for on-court — or in-pool, or on-mat — perfection? It’s difficult striking the correct chord.

“Balance is a big part of it, Townsend said. (Against Decatur), we played hard and we came in the next morning doing group work and fundamentals … it was a teaching practice. Maybe the next day we’ll come in and sprint and run suicides and do heavy work since we don’t have a game the next day. It’s about trying to balance the fitness physically and mentally.”

Still, with any duration of layoff, rust can accumulate, and shaking it off before a game can be the key to success entering the home stretch of the season.

“We’ve had this time off, so now we’ve been getting back to business, Davis said.

, Winter Break Either Blessing Or Curse

The Daily Times, Ethan Rothstein

http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120103/DW03/201030324/Winter-break-either-blessing-or-a-curse?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Delaware%20Wave|s

GEORGETOWN, Del. — If it were up to Chester Davis, head coach of the Sussex Technical High School girls basketball team, the only days the Lady Ravens would cancel practice over winter break would be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

But due to scheduling conflicts with the gym at the high school, the Lady Ravens (2-3) went a week without practicing, before which Davis said he wasn’t worried about how the layoff would affect his team.

After their first practice back, he changed his tune.

If I wasn’t (worried), I am now after practice last night, he said. I’m the type of person who would have practiced every day. We’ve got so far to go that every available time we can get is important.”

The boys basketball teams in Delaware played at least two games in the Governor’s Challenge last week, but still had a week between games to rest, and, in Sussex Central’s case, refocus to try to win a game.

The Golden Knights went to the Wicomico Civic Center 0-4, having lost every game by double-digit points under new head coach Wes Townsend. Townsend gave his players Christmas with another day off mixed in, but otherwise practiced every day.

“You can easily be behind if you sit around for a week and don’t have any games, he said. I believe in letting the legs rest a little bit. It’s easy to get burnt out if you come in every day and work hard with no games.

“But right now, we’re behind the eight-ball because the kids have got a new coach, a new system, and I’ve got to get to know some of their weak points and strong points so the kids can get it together.”

It worked out for the Knights, who won their first game of the season against Stephen Decatur, but the dilemma Townsend discussed is a tricky one for every coach.

It’s a fine line each must walk if they decide to practice throughout. Is it worth it to risk exhausting their players to strive for on-court — or in-pool, or on-mat — perfection? It’s difficult striking the correct chord.

“Balance is a big part of it, Townsend said. (Against Decatur), we played hard and we came in the next morning doing group work and fundamentals … it was a teaching practice. Maybe the next day we’ll come in and sprint and run suicides and do heavy work since we don’t have a game the next day. It’s about trying to balance the fitness physically and mentally.”

Still, with any duration of layoff, rust can accumulate, and shaking it off before a game can be the key to success entering the home stretch of the season.

“We’ve had this time off, so now we’ve been getting back to business, ” Davis said.






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